Vegetarian Malai Kofta Recipe

Last weekend, we were invited to our friend, Megha’s house to learn some home cooked Indian dishes – Malai Kofta and Chicken Tikka. Malai Kofta is a vegetarian dish of fried balls of fresh cheese served in a cream gravy sauce.  I’m not usually one for vegetarian dishes, but I can’t wait to make this again.  It was hearty and filling – perfect for this fall weather!  Here’s how to make it yourself at home, in pictures!

For the kofta, you’ll need: 1 quart milk, 1.5 tbsp white vinegar, 2 medium potatoes (boiled & mashed), 2 tsp flour, 1/4 tsp cardamom powder, salt, olive oil, oil for frying

For the malai, you’ll need: 4-5 medium tomatoes, 1/4 cup cashews, 2 tbsp melon seeds, 1 tsp poppy seeds, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 2 green cardamom pods, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1/4 cup yogurt, 1/4 tsp garam masala powder, salt to taste, 2 tbsp fresh cream

First, make the cheese:

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While that squeezes out, let’s start the gravy:

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Now while that cooks up and all of the flavors get yummy together, let’s go back to the kofta (the fresh cheese balls):

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For the last step, add the kofta to the gravy 10 minutes before serving.

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And serve!!

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We had so much fun in the kitchen cooking this up.  Hope you’ll enjoy it too!

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13 thoughts on “Vegetarian Malai Kofta Recipe

  1. It looks devine. It’s lovely to cook with friends isn’t it? Although, I am dangerous in the kitchen when I am distracted with banter!! :-)

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